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OSCON 2014: Crash Course in Tech Management


Published July 23, 2014


Introduction


This video (as well as the slides, also contained in this item), are from VM Brasseur's Crash Course in Tech Management talk at OSCON 2014.

A high quality version of this video is available from O'Reilly Media. I suggest you check it out, since it actually looks/sounds decent. ;-)

Session Description


“Wow, are you ever a great programmer! You’re such a great programmer that we’re going to make you a manager!” A promotion! Calloo! Callay! Except…the truth of the matter is that being a good programmer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a good manager. You’re about to have a lot of new responsibilities thrown at you. Are you ready?

Thankfully for you managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).

Some of the topics which we’ll cover:
  • Staff: Hiring, firing and development

  • Meetings: Love ‘em (or leave ‘em…which is a valid option)

  • Company politics: Are you backing the right horse? Are you even in the race?

  • GSD: How to Get Sh*t Done

  • Communication: The most important part of the job

  • The fun stuff: “So, will I still be able to program?”

Other Links


  • Zotero Collection of tech management articles & resources (a continual work in progress)


Producer VM Brasseur
Audio/Visual sound, color

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